Boston Squash and Racketball Club

News 2013/14

All website updates and club affairs from the 2013/14 season can be found here.

Club Championships 2014 report - 12th April 2014

Boston Squash and Racketball Club held another successful club championships this weekend, with Mark Hildred retaining the title of club champion, a handle he has held unbroken since 1991.

Mark, who recently earned a call-up to the England over-45s team, beat Simon Kemp 15/10, 15/8, 15/6 in the Buchner Open final in front of a healthy crowd on Saturday night. Ruth Simpson won the ladies’ event for the 11th time, beating 2003 champion Tina Favell in the final.

In the age categories, Dave Stones beat Stuart Dunlop 15/9, 15/13, 15/6 to secure his third over-55s title, while Mark Hildred beat John Secker 15/9, 15/7, 15/8 in the over 45s tournament to capture a double trophy haul. Ady Proctor won the over 35s event for the first time after overcoming the category’s seven-time champion Dave Stones.

Ady also won the Racketball Open, beating 2012 winner Jon Hull 11/5, 11/3, 11/4. In the racketball over-45s tournament, John Secker took top prize with a 12/10, 11/8, 11/9 win over fellow finalist Stuart Dunlop.

Thomas Johnson and Matt Brown contested the juniors’ final, with Thomas winning 3-0. Perrie Broughton beat Pete Andrews by the same scoreline to win the main plate.  Pete did, however, overcome Mark Housam 15/13, 15/13, 15/7 in the over-35s plate, and in turn Mark Housam won the over 45s plate, beating Paul Smith 3-0 in the final – a result that may have convinced Paul to award the season’s most improved player award to his opponent!

George Cooper won the racketball plate, with Paul Smith the runner-up. Paul also played in the final of the racketball over-45s plate, which John Payne won 3-1.

Boston Junior Open draws - 11th April 2014

The draws for this year's Boston Junior Open (Saturday 19th April only) can now be viewed on the 'Boston Junior Open' page.

BSPA Boston Open report - 9th December 2013

PIC: 2013 winners - Jaclyn Kemp and Tom Richards



As a purple skyline illuminated Boston on Sunday 8th December 2013, the sun set on the BSPA Boston Open for a 17th consecutive year, as top seeds Tom Richards and Jaclyn Kemp took the men’s and women’s titles respectively.

The action began on Friday with the men’s round of 32. The top four seeds all had byes and the 5/8 seeds all progressed. Although he lost 3-1, Boston’s Mark Hildred put in a good performance to take the third game on a tie-break against Keith Timms in what was, at 41 minutes long, the joint-longest match of the round.

At the other end of the spectrum, Scott Handley – making his seventh appearance at Boston, swept aside his opponent in 14 minutes, and took just three minutes longer to win his second round match on Friday evening, after the draw for the 2014 football World Cup had taken place between the sessions. All the seeds again progressed from the round of 16, but the top two seeds dropped one game each as they secured their passages with 3-1 wins.

Indeed, the round of 16 saw the losers in half of the matches win at least a game. Notably, Dave Wardle ran the previous year’s runner-up Greg Lobban close, having held the momentum (if not the 2-1 lead in games) ahead of a tight fourth. Chris Shinnie took Tristan Eysele to five sets. Eysele, the 5/8 seed, won the fifth game without much trouble, but only after a hard-fought first four games, during which Shinnie managed to win a rally despite having  to recover from diving onto the floor halfway through it.

On Saturday the quarter-finals took place.  In the ladies’ event top two seeds Jaclyn Kemp and Victoria Temple-Murray progressed comfortably in straight sets against Mari Taylor and Alison Hemmingway, who had both won qualifiers the previous evening. Alison Thomson beat Taylor Flavell, while Lily Taylor overcame Roxanna Keshavarz.

Open 2013In the men’s quarters Tom Richards beat Tristan Eysele 3-0, while number two seed Jonathan Kemp eroded the lead that Ben Ford had held late in the fourth game to avoid being taken to a fifth - winning the match 3-1. Defending champion and ¾ seed Eddie Charlton beat Doug Kempsell in straight sets, but the upset of the round saw 5/8 seed Scott Handley progress at the expense of Greg Lobban. Handley was in clinical form to win 11/7, 11/9, 11/4 in 25 minutes. At 10/9 down in the second game, Lobban played a shot which he insisted was up, but the referee disagreed and awarded the game to Handley.

In the women’s semis, Victoria Temple-Murray beat Lily Taylor 11/8, 11/2, 11/5. Alison Thomson was beaten 11/2, 11/0, 11/2 by Jaclyn Kemp, but the score was not indicative of the match which plenty of long rallies – hence the match time was 24 minutes despite Thomson only winning four points.

The competition then began for a place in the men’s final. Tom Richards had to come from a game down to beat Scott Handley 3-1. The latter had led 8/7 in the second game too, but was then denied a let by the referees, who judged him not to have made enough effort to get to the ball on the forehand. That was surely a crucial turning point in the match, as Richards went on to win the game and match.

Boston town centre may have been dampened over the weekend, but Handley’s spirits never were. Early in the third game he hit a forehand cross-court drop shot into the tin, and joked, “It must have hit him [Tom] on the way through.” He later jokingly asked for what would have been the most outrageous let in the history of the sport.

Jonathan Kemp beat Eddie Charlton in the other semi-final 11/8, 11/6, 11/13, 11/8. After the crowd had, in unison, exclaimed ‘awwhh’ following a rally that led to the third game hanging in the balance at 9-9, Eddie won the game on his third gameball after his backhand drive hit a dead floorboard (the one next to the side wall and not usually encountered by club members).

Sunday’s finals were set up perfectly, with the world’s #22 and #44 in the men’s, and a Commonwealth gold medallist against the European under-19 champion in the ladies’. Experience was the winner in the women’s showpiece, as Jaclyn Kemp beat Victoria Temple-Murray 11/4, 8/11, 12/10, 11/6. The crucial turning point was when Jaclyn Kemp saved three gameballs in the third game to take a 2-1 lead.  Temple-Murray was left to rue what might have been had her drop shot not clipped the tin on her first gameball.

The men’s final was the first to go to five sets for three years, as Tom Richards won 3/11, 11/6, 12/10, 5/11, 11/6. It was a fitting climax to a tournament that had had only one other five-set match. The final was played in a great spirit, with the referee having remarkably few decisions to make. Kemp had been close to taking a 2-1 lead rather than conceding it, but couldn’t capitalise on having the first gameball of the third set.

Speaking at the end of another weekend of crowd-pleasing squash, tournament organiser Mark Hildred said: “It was fantastic to watch both finals. Both of them were clean and it was superb squash. Well done to all the players.”

The two winners thanked the tournament’s organisers and sponsors for putting the event on, as well as the tournament’s referees. “It was nice to be able to play a match and have proper referees come down and not have to do it ourselves,” said women’s winner Jaclyn Kemp.

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BSPA Boston Open still ON: unaffected by floods - 6th December 2013

12.40AM: Despite flooding in the Boston area, the BSPA Boston Open is unaffected and will be going ahead as planned this weekend.

Boston Squash and Racketball Club has not been affected, and the roads into Boston are currently fine.

Players travelling by train on Friday are likely to be affected by cancellations or delays, with no rail services running to Boston until at least midday. East Midlands Trains have said, "There will be no train services between Sleaford and Skegness until 1200. There will be no replacement road transport available."

Should any players be affected by problems with public transport, they should let tournament organiser Mark Hildred know as soon as possible. His contact details are on the 'Contact' page and also in Tim Garner's email last night.

Those travelling to the club through the centre of town may experience slight traffic delays, as may those wishing to travel into town over the course of the weekend. Traffic flow will largely depend on the state of John Adams Way - the main junction running through town - although pumps are in place.

Church Street, Wormgate, West Street and Boston Bus Station have suffered significant flooding and shops and restaurants in these areas may be closed.

The flooding peaked last night (Thursday) at 7.30pm after the River Haven burst its banks, affecting the town centre.

No further flooding is expected overnight. The next high tide is due at 8.06am today (Friday), but it is likely to be 70cms lower than last night's tide, so is not expected to affect roads into Boston or the squash club itself.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire (94.9FM) will have regular updates throughout the day tomorrow. Follow @bspabostonopen on twitter (or visit for any further updates. See East Midlands Trains' disruption information for rail travel details. You can also follow their updates on twitter @EMTrains.

Once again, the tournament is running as normal and those travelling to the club by road should not experience any problems. Travel into the town centre or by rail is likely to be affected.

BSPA Boston Open preview - 5th December 2013

The 17th annual Boston Open 2013 takes place this weekend, with former world #12s Tom Richards and Jaclyn Kemp the two number one seeds. The draws and a tournament preview can be viewed on, where results will be posted along with regular reports and photos.

Results will also be posted as they come in on

You can also check this week's Boston Standard and Boston Target for articles covering this year's event.

Newsletter available - 11th September 2013

The annual Chairperson's newsletter, including news on improvements to club facilities and new subs prices, is now available to download.

County Squash Championships entry form - 10th August 2013

This year's Lincolnshire County Closed Squash Championships will be held on October 5th/6th at Boston Squash and Racketball Club. The entry form can be downloaded from or here.